Volvo fined millions for recall delay

Volvo has been fined $1.5 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after the automaker failed to notify the administration of safety defects in a timely manner. A federal law states that the car manufacturer must report an impending recall to the NHTSA within five business days.

Due to Volvo’s delay, fines were issued. The Swedish car company has agreed to pay the fine to avoid litigation. In a public statement, Volvo apologized for the delays and asserted its focus on consumer safety.

More than 32,000 cars were recalled between 2010-2012 for defects such as stalling engines, defective airbag deployments, and incorrect tire-pressure labeling.

If you or a loved one has been injured by an automobile defect, contact the auto defect attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, P.C. by calling (800) 520-3633.

Cornell fraternity found guilty for teenager’s hazing death

Cornell University’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter was found guilty last week of first-degree hazing, a class D felony, and providing alcohol to a minor after a 19 year-old pledge died during a hazing ritual.

Members of the fraternity kidnapped the teenager at his home, bound his hands and feet with duct tape and zip ties, and then forced him to drink alcohol until he passed out. He would never regain consciousness and was later found to have a blood alcohol level more than four times over the legal limit.

According to Reuters, members will not be sentenced since the court considers the fraternity a corporation. The deceased’s parents have since filed a $25 million wrongful death suit.

SSDI benefits to be cut by 21% in four years

Trustees at the Social Security Administration and Medicare say that Social Security Disability Insurance recipients can expect a 21 percent cut in their monthly checks within the next four years. As the economy struggles, Americans are more likely to file for assistance once their unemployment benefits expire.

According to the OECD, when unemployment increases by one percent, disability applications increase by ten percent. There are several other reasons why the program is wearing thin, such as the expansion of disability criteria and the fact that almost all recipients never return to work.

Currently, one in eight working-aged adults receive disability benefits. More than a third of all benefits are for mental and mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

If your claim has been denied and you would like to learn how a Social Security Disability lawyer can help you, contact the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Pendleton accident

An Anderson motorcyclist suffered serious injuries when he lost control of his Harley Davidson in Pendleton, located 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis, drove off the roadway, and struck a utility pole.

The 40 year-old man was traveling south on Indiana 9 last Thursday night when the accident occurred. He was life-flighted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with blunt force trauma to his chest and head injuries.

According to the Herald Bulletin, a report of a motorcycle theft was received by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department just prior to the accident. The woman who called in theft said a man paid for a white Harley Davidson with counterfeit bills. Police are investigating if the two events are related.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565.

14 year-old driver arrested for car accident

A 14 year-old girl is in police custody after Indianapolis Metropolitan police say she was driving a car that crashed into a tree on South Mickley Avenue, seriously injuring three passengers.

The teen faces three counts of criminal recklessness causing bodily injury and driving without having received a license. Authorities say she was speeding when she lost control of the vehicle, veered off the roadway, and hit a tree. The car burst into flames on impact.

Two of the passengers, both 13 years-old, are in the hospital in stable condition. One other passenger remains in critical condition, the Indy Star reports.

If you have sustained injures in a car accident due to someone else’s carelessness, contact the experienced legal professionals at the Hankey Law Office by calling (317) 634-8565 today.

Construction worker injured in fall

A construction accident at a Lafayette Sam’s Club injured a 19 year-old worker after he fell off a scaffolding and landed on a piece of rebar. The man was taken to Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital, the Journal and Courier reports.

Authorities are not sure at this time what caused him to fall. He is said to not have life-threatening injuries after being impaled in the armpit by a steel reinforcing bar.

The Indiana Department of Labor was notified of the accident and said the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be conducting an investigation. The investigation is estimated to be complete in six to eight weeks.

If you want to learn more about the causes of construction site injuries, contact the construction accident lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565 today.

Small plane crashes in Greenfield

Three people were not seriously injured when a small aircraft they were traveling in crashed outside of Indianapolis over the weekend. According to the Indy Star, the individuals departed from Hancock County’s Pope Field Airport for Columbus when it crashed in Greenfield.

The pilot and co-owner of the aircraft was identified as a 76 year-old man, one of the passengers was his 46 year-old son and also co-owner of the plane, and the second passenger was a 22 year-old from Willow Branch.

All three were outside walking around the plane when authorities arrived. Two were taken to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries and one refused treatment. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident.

If you have been injured in a small airplane accident, contact the aviation accident attorneys of the Hankey Law Office by calling (317) 634-8565.

Woman sues hospital after falling off operating table

An 81 year-old Connecticut woman has filed a lawsuit against Yale-New Haven Hospital after she sustained serious injuries when she fell off of an operating table following a pacemaker implant surgery, according to the Huffington Post.

The elderly woman suffered a broken collarbone and hip, a head injury that lead to bleeding under her skull, and other injuries. Since her fall, the woman says she can no longer drive, has trouble climbing stairs, and had to relearn how to walk.

The former patient is suing the hospital for not implementing policies to prevent her fall, leaving her unattended following surgery, and failing to realize she was still recovering from medication from the operation.

If you have been injured by negligent or careless hospital staff, contact the hospital negligence lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at [pone-number] today.

Airbag injures driver in accident

A driver was injured in a car accident after the side-curtain airbag deployed, bringing with it a metal bracket that sliced his ear in half. The man was driving a new 2012 Hyundai Elantra when the incident occurred.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Hyundai will launch an investigation to see if the defect occurs in all the new Elantras. Hyundai says it has not received any other reports of injury and does not plan on issuing a recall at this time.

The Elantra, the automaker’s second best-selling car, was recently named the North American Car of the Year.

If you have been injured as a result of a defective airbag, contact the airbag defect attorneys  of the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565.

Drunk driver hits construction worker

A 24 year-old woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated resulting in bodily injury, driving while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 18 years-old, and drunk driving causing endangerment after she hit and seriously injured a construction worker.

The victim, a 54 year-old man who was working on repaving the road, was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in critical condition. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on East 10th Street and Post Road.

The woman was arrested by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department after she failed two of three field sobriety tests and admitted to consuming narcotics.

If you or someone you love has been in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact the drunk driving attorneys of the Hankey Law Office by calling (317) 634-8565.

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